himself to religion and so is civilly dead, it must be established by the bishop's letters  whether he may return to the world or not, according as he has assumed the habit of  probation or profession. On this matter may be found [in the roll] of Trinity term in  the fourth year of king Henry in the county of Somerset,1 [the case] of John de  Briwes.2 Suppose that the parcener is in prison so that he cannot come, [or] is incapacitated  by an infirmity, or has been captured by enemies; he must be named  nevertheless, and when named the case must stand over until he is able to come. But  if a named parcener is imprisoned for felony for which he is in danger of losing life3  or members, let the plea remain without a day until it is known whether he is delivered  or condemned, as in the eyre of William of Ralegh in the county of Bedford, [the  case] of Juliana de Noers.4 The plea is suspended, and the writ, if one of the parceners  is under age, until he comes of age.
If a parcener is deaf or dumb.
 But what shall we say or a parcener who has been born deaf and dumb?5 It is evident  that he must always be regarded as one who is neither an heir nor a parcener. Therefore  whether he is named or not, neither the action nor the writ falls; it is good, both  as to the demandant and the tenant, as against all the others. But if the deafness  arises from an accident or if he is dumb and deafness does not ensue, a period of time  must be awaited if there is hope of recovery. As to one conjoined, and the consent of  a superior, what ought to be done in the person of the tenant may be drawn from what  has been said above as to the person of the demandant. [And note that though some  are named who are heirs but are incapable of inheriting, or are complete strangers,  the writ does not fall on that account, but will stand in the persons of the others who  have right, because in this case the useful is not vitiated by the useless. Note also that  several parceners may claim to hold in common of several who hold separately and  are in no way connected; there will then be several actions because of the several persons.  Conversely, several who are not parceners, whose rights are separate, may claim  against several co-heir parceners; there will here also be several different actions.